Suspense: The Radio Show ~ Introduction To Old-Time Radio ~ Suspense, 'radio's outstanding theater of thrills', was one of the premier shows of the golden age of radio. Not only was it was one of the most enduring programs of the era, airing from June 1942 to September 1962, it was also a favourite of the Hollywood elite. While some stars made only one appearance, there were many artists whose appearances numbered into double digits. These included such performers as Charles Laughton,... Topics: Suspense, ITOTR
Conversations on Health Care is a radio show about the opportunities for reform and innovation in the health care system. In addition to health care headlines, the centerpiece of each show is a feature story and conversation with an innovator in the delivery of care from around the globe. Co-hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter each bring four decades of experience in overcoming the barriers that block access to care in their work at community health centers. Their conversations with... Topics: Conversations On Health Care, Mark Maselli, Margaret Flinter, Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer,...
Murder! A trial! An execution! But who was really guilty? Robert Browning's epic poem of historical fiction, psychological drama, and true crime is like nothing else you've ever read. Only Robert Browning would have tried it, and only Robert Browning made it work. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - poetry, historical fiction, crime, mystery.
Against Heresies concludes with a volume on the meaning of Jesus' teachings and Paul's epistles, refuting the rather farfetched readings of the Gnostics. There's plenty of interesting information on the stuff that early Christians did believe, too! Book I , Book II , Book III , and Book IV. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Once upon a time in the gold rush, there was a girl from a mining camp, the Californio bandit she loved, and a cold-hearted Sheriff who wanted them both in his power.... Famous producer David Belasco's famous play about the Old West is remembered today because it was adapted into the opera La Fanciulla del West . But Belasco's novelization not only fills out the story told by the opera. It's also an interesting look into the California of Belasco's mining camp childhood, and both counters the... Topics: Audiobook - fiction, romance, adventure, opera, Western
After making his fortune, a man returns home -- to find himself surrounded by enemies! Why does everyone hate him? Who is sending him anonymous letters? And why do they say it's retribution? Johnston McCulley is best known as an adventure writer. He created the character Zorro. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Noir, Adventure Source: The Brand of Silence by Johnston McCulley
In this 1921 novella, four friends travel telepathically from Earth to planets in other solar systems, where they encounter strange alien societies. The story stands alone, but is the third in a series of four about travel to other planets by various means. Homer Eon Flint, a promising young writer of science fiction, fantasy and mystery stories, died in 1924, apparently the victim of an early carjacking. Historical romance writer Vella Munn is his granddaughter. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Every time Gusterson dropped a new free idea into the fad-ridden mainstream world of underground cities and cozy crowds, it crystallized into something really strange, and things got out of hand. So he shouldn't have mentioned the reminder machine.... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Science fiction, dystopia, humor, Horror
In the depths of a medieval winter, a Norse household is torn apart by uncanny events. Clemence Housman was a gifted writer and illustrator whose talents have become overshadowed by those of her brothers, Lawrence and A.E. Housman. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Historical fiction
In a future election, a presidential candidate confronts one of the hard truths of politics: sometimes the best person for the job isn't the easiest one to elect. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, science fiction, politics
Ras Hume's an Out-Hunter now, but once he was a star pilot. Now he's found the perfect way to get revenge against the company that blacklisted him. All he needs to do is brainwash some kid into thinking he's the shipwrecked heir to the company fortune, and let his offworld safari members "find" the "castaway". But something on that safari planet is hunting humans.... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure Source: 1961 Ace version (now public domain)
If it's easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved, what rich man will be? St. Clement of Alexandria comforts the worried and worries the comfortable in this Early Christian bestseller, which grapples with salvation, trust in God, and perseverance. Topics: Audiobook - nonfiction, religion
Conclusion. The final leg of the Argonauts' journey home might be their deadliest yet, as they confront a hopeless situation and a giant metal man. Part 1 Topics: Audiobook - fiction, folklore, mythology, poetry
Part 2 of the classic novel. In a strange realm far from the homes of men, Goodwin and Larry O'Keefe begin to discover the secrets of the Dweller -- and its makers! Part 1 . Topics: Audiobook - fiction, fantasy, science fiction, adventure
"There are ships difficult to handle, but generally you can depend on them behaving rationally. With that ship, whatever you did with her you never knew how it would end. She was a wicked beast. Or, perhaps, she was only just insane." A sea story by Joseph Conrad. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Sea Stories
In an eerie future that never was, but might have been, two ordinary soldiers hold the fate of a war in their nicotine-stained hands. Murray Leinster (real name: Will Jenkins) was a prolific writer in all pulp genres, who became best known for his work in science fiction. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories
A short and punchy sermon on Lent, depicting it as not only a time of penitence, almsgiving, and training in self-control and virtue, but of direct conflict between Christians and demons. Yep, nothing like a little spiritual advice from the pope who faced down Attila the Hun. Also includes bonus sermon! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
This fictional dialogue about how Christians should deal with troubles and persecution is set in Hungary immediately prior to an attack by the Ottoman Empire. It was written in the Tower of London while More awaited execution for his religious beliefs. St. Thomas More was chancellor of England, a humanist philosopher, and an early science fiction writer. He was also a good husband and father, and advocate of education for women. He died a martyr under his former friend, King Henry VIII. Part 2... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, philosophy
This 1891 science fiction story explores the legend of Friar Roger Bacon's talking Brazen Head. The writer is a bit over-idealistic on certain historical subjects and extremely biased against others, which actually is pretty amusing in the context of the points he's trying to make. (For example, few today would claim that true holiness is impossible to pre-scientific societies, or that illiteracy makes one brutish!) But once the story really gets rolling in Part 3, the story combines both... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy Source: Atlantic Monthly, vol. 67, issues 402-403 (April-May 1891)
In space, you still need insurance investigators. And anywhere there's people, there's fraud, theft, and murder. Donald E. Westlake is famous for his mysteries and thrillers. In this 1961 story, he shows us a future that's got a little sense of wonder and a lot of human nature. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, Science Fiction, Mysteries Source: Amazing Stories, March 1961.
A seasoned military commander travels to another world to find the metal that brings power, and ends up bringing down a barbaric empire. Randall Garrett was known for his skill in writing adventure science fiction, alternate world fantasy mysteries, and stories full of great humor and horrible puns. This story, first published in Astounding in March 1959 under the pseudonym "David Gordon", is truly characteristic of his body of work. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, science fiction, humor, holidays - April Fools' Day
Before St. Gregory Thaumaturgus was made bishop of his hometown and became a Church Father, he was just an ordinary law student in the Roman Empire. But then he studied philosophy near Beirut (Berytus back then) with Origen, and was converted to Christianity by his efforts. So in this speech of leavetaking from his teacher Origen, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus looks back into the past and thanks his mentor for all his kindness and rigorous care. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Religion, spirituality, biography, autobiography
Thoughts on love, forgiveness, and the faithfulness of prophecy from Aphrahat (aka Aphraates), an early Christian known as "the Persian Sage". favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
This plain, easy to understand book on Jesus' humanity and divinity, written by a passionate young priest from Alexandria heavily influenced by the desert monks and St. Anthony, was a bestseller in its time. It still holds up today. It was also the first shot in the long fight of "Athanasius against the world", because Arius, a popular but over-the-hill priest and songwriter who was also from Alexandria, had his bestsellers, too. He claimed that Jesus was just another man, even if the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On the Incarnation
The classic story of a brave knight, a beautiful damsel, star-crossed love -- and a horse. Seriously, this medieval romance is a sweet little tale, and I think you'll enjoy it. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Romance, Maria Lectrix Source: Medieval Romance and Legends, trans. by Eugene Mason
A medieval acrobat and jongleur enters the Cistercian monastery of Clairvaux, but finds it difficult to contribute to the prayer and work of the house. After all, his one skill couldn't possibly be of any use to God. Or could it? This 12th century French tale has also been retold by Anatole France as "Our Lady's Juggler" and by Tomie de Paola as "The Clown of God". Topics: Audiobook - fiction, medieval romance, religion, legend, Maria Lectrix Source: Our Lady's Tumbler: A Twelfth Century French Tale. Trans. by P.H. Wicksteed.
An essay from an early Christian on why Christians should not attend gladiatorial games, circuses, or the very bawdy Roman theater. Tertullian points out that these are not neutral secular events, but deeply tied to pagan religion -- and in the case of gladiators, ancient practices of human sacrifice. He also gives broad scriptural and doctrinal reasons why Christians should stay away. In the process, Tertullian admits his own struggle with the attraction to the savagery of the arena. Topics: Religion, art, sports. Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
If you'd received the Galactic Medal of Honor, you could do no wrong, they said. But what if the wrong man received the award, and still found out that was true? Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds was a well-known and prolific writer of military sf and stories of political extrapolation during the nineteen-sixties and seventies. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories Source: Amazing Science Fiction Stories, November 1960
In this volume of Against Heresies , Irenaeus uses Jesus' statements quoted in the Gospel to argue against the Gnostics' interpretation of Jesus. He emphasizes the continuity of the Old Testament with the New, and the ways the Son made appearances or was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. (For some reason, none of my more recent audiobooks have been put into the Maria Lectrix section by the nice archive.org folks. But that's where to find my recordings of Book I , Book II , and Book III . Book... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The classic handbook for ordinary people who want to live spiritually devout lives continues, with advice on how to resist temptations and constantly renew your commitment to loving and serving God. Continues from IntroDevout and IntroDevout2 . Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religion, spirituality
Not just another sermon on the story of the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet. Ephrem adds his own poetic touch, making his point by elaborating on the story and adding new characters. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Strange ancient machines possessing vast power have been discovered. Ruthless people want to control them. Governments, industries, and universities claw for jurisdiction, and scientists for discoveries and status. Trigger Argee just wants to go home and see her boyfriend. But first, she's got a lot of mess to sort out. James H. Schmitz was known and loved for his interesting far future worlds, his flair for adventure and mystery, and his likeable strong female characters. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, science fiction
A treatise on prayer by a great early Christian theologian from Alexandria. Using prayers from both the Old and New Testament as examples, he creates a primer on what sort of things a Christian should pray for, and how. His primary tool for doing this is a detailed interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. Some of the theology, Biblical interpretation, and Christian practice that he advocates has been developed further since his time. So you may need to take these bits with a grain of salt. But much... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, spirituality Source: Origen on Prayer, translated by William A. Curtis
A near future science fiction story with a twist, from the days just before spaceflight when the United States Air Force was leading the way in planes. The collaborating brothers who signed themselves Eando Binder (E and O, get it?) were famous for their ebullient radio-oriented space station stories back in the 1930's and 40's. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories Source: Fantastic Universe, March 1954
The influential early Christian writer Tertullian gives his thoughts on the virtue of patience. As he freely admit, this is not typecasting. The man had some serious anger issues which do creep out, even here. But as he argues that all evil has its origin in impatience, you may find that today's hurried world tends to prove him right. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
In the far future, a veterinarian fresh out of school is hired to care for a small flock of valuable alien animals on an out-of-the-way world. But why so high a salary? There must be some catch to it.... This unjustly forgotten 1962 science fiction novel has undergone a small renaissance since coming into the public domain (and escaping its rather memorable cover). favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
A short medieval story about the rewards of prayer and service to God. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, religion, folklore Source: Aucassin and Nicolette, and Other Medieval Romances. Translated from the French by Eugene Mason.
In this 1913 short story collection, a woman does wrong, gets on the wrong side of the law -- then becomes a very odd sort of detective, fighting for others who've done wrong but still deserve justice. Each story stands alone, but is just one chapter in the collection as a whole. Arthur B. Reeves was best known as the author of the Craig Kennedy detective series, but here's more of his prolific output. His interest in science and technology combines with personal criminological research to make... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: Constance Dunlap by Arthur B. Reeves, 1913.
Things look bad for the Crusaders as they look for supplies, fight the summer heat, and expect enemy reinforcements from Egypt. And since the enemy forces include wizards and witches, trouble's sure to come! Part 1 Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History, Religion, fantasy
Sir Aglovale de Galis, son of King Pellinore, was not always one of the good guys among King Arthur's knights. In this 1905 novel inspired by Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Clemence Housman fills in his character's motivations and connections to his family and other knights, drawing on hints from the original and human nature. Clemence Housman, sister of A.E. Housman, was best known as an artist in her own day. However, she also published poetry, historical novels, and fantasy stories. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy Source: The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis, by Clemence Housman
The chapter "All Hallows Eve" from Traits and Stories of the Welsh Peasantry is a wonderful short story about a Welsh Halloween party, and some spooky Welsh stories about the night. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
A short but interesting homily on Melchizadek as a "type" or foreshadowing of Christ, and on why Paul referenced him in his epistle at all. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Gardiner translation
While America fights a war on one coast, a new front is about to open -- the homefront -- as the enemy attacks civilian towns with a giant war-machine like no other. But the enemy war-machine is a target, too, and there are more ways to win than with guns.... This story stands alone, but is set ten years after the events of the story "Tanks". favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories Source: December 1931, Astounding Stories of Super-Science
Not too many years after St. Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthians, the then-bishop of Rome, St. Clement, wrote them a letter also. This extremely early Christian piece of writing is full of interesting stuff about unity and the problems of Christians in Corinth, and much will be found highly relevant to Christians today. Topics: Audiobook - nonfiction, religion, unity